Applications for the 2017 program are closed. If you would like to be notified when applications for the 2018 program open, please let us know here.  

The goal of this free program is to provide hands-on experience in the field of urban forestry and community engagement to young women aged 18 to 24. Successful applicants will receive formal training and mentorship to develop the skills needed to help establish an Adopt-A-Park-Tree project in select parks.


Requirements include:

  • Complete LEAF’s Tree Tenders Volunteer Tree Training Program – 15 hours of arboriculture training led by local professionals. 
  • Attend weekly skill-building workshops and mentored activities focusing on arboriculture and community engagement. Workshops commence on Thursday May 4th and run through to Thursday September 14th. Workshops will typically be held on Thursday evenings from 6pm - 9pm, with some flexibility and weekend meetings for on-site group activities. 
  • Commit up to 5 hours per week between May and September. (This includes the workshops outlined above). 
  • In teams, plan and launch an Adopt-A-Park-Tree program, tree tour and mulching event in a Toronto park working with local stakeholders such as Friends of Park groups.
  • Participate in peer-feedback and career-planning sessions.
  • Participants must be female-identified, aged 18-24 and be City of Toronto residents. 


Benefits to Participants:

  • Gain hands-on skills in the fields of arboriculture, urban forestry and community engagement to prepare for employment and/or post-secondary education.
  • Develop skills, including: tree biology, planting, mulching, identifying and measuring trees, understanding of Toronto tree bylaws and threats to the urban forest, leadership and team work, public speaking, event coordination, community outreach and media skills.
  • Research career paths and get exposure to industry professional.
  • Contribute to community-building and increased appreciation of the urban forest.
  • Program graduates receive a certificate and reference letter.
  • Transit subsidies and snacks provided at workshops.
  • Note: up to four participants can receive childcare subsidies to cover costs while attending workshops.

Priority will be given to applicants with a demonstrable need to participate in a fully-funded training program.



To download a printable information page about the Adopt-A-Park-Tree and Young Urban Forest Leaders Programs, click here.

This project is funded through the City of Toronto Community Recreation Investment Program. LEAF adopts and upholds the City of Toronto’s policy statement which prohibits discrimination and harassment and protects the right to be free of hate activity, based on age, ancestry, citizenship, creed (religion), colour, disability, ethnic origin, family status, gender identity, level of literacy, marital status, place of origin, membership in a union or staff association, political affiliation, race, receipt of public assistance, record of offences, sex, sexual orientation or any other personal characteristics by or within the organization.